Negative Affects of Breeding

Have you ever seen a homeless dog and just wanted to take it home with you?

How could someone do such a thing?

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In the United States, nearly 62% of Americans have a pet and more than 70 billion dogs and cats are left homeless. Only around 6 to 8 million animals enter shelters each year out of these 70 million. These shelters are maxed out with dogs and are trying to function with limited space and funds. So many pets are looking for loving homes and yet only around 20% of Americans adopt their dogs from shelters. The other 74% is coming from breeders. Shelters are so packed with dogs that you can find any breed of animal, mixed or pure bred, in your local shelter. With that being said, Americans pay hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars for dogs from a breeder. Consumers are willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a pure bred dog because they are told the puppy has been raised in a loving environment and that it will grow up to have fewer health problems. However there is really no way to tell because health is dependent on the individual dog. Many breeders try to avoid inbreeding, which often leads to significant health issues. There is no guarantee that these animals won’t suffer from behavioral or health problems now or in the future.

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This is Leo, an 8-week-old Airedale Terrier. During the summer my cousins decided to get their first dog. They had never had any previous experience owning a puppy and they decided to buy their dog from a breeder. My family wasn’t pleased with the fact that they were using a breeder when so many good dogs need homes. They finally brought Leo home when he was around 8 weeks old, which is normally when the breeder sells them. Two days later they heard Leo crying in his cage. When they went to see what the problem was they noticed Leo was not breathing. They were in shock because they had only had him for two days and it is not common for a puppy to just stop breathing. Leo ended up dying from an abnormality in his heart. This is an example of how breeding dogs can result in the dog having serious health problems.

 

Most of the time buyers don’t do their research before buying their new member of the family. As a result, some end up buying their dogs from cruel puppy mills. Most of the time even certified breeders subject their dogs to mill-like conditions. A lot of puppies who come from puppy mills, end up suffering from serious health problems due to reckless breeding practices. The New York Times did a story on a woman who purchased her puppy from an AKC breeder. Later, she discovered the puppy had suffered many abnormalities as a result of reckless breeding. Two months later the facility was raided and the dogs were moved to a safer location. Most breeding is cruel and abusive and because of that the puppies are left with serious health issues. It’s the same thing as drinking when you’re pregnant. As a result your newborn child is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which causes them to have serious birth defects. You have to live with the fact that you are the one responsible for it. Breeders know that what they are doing is wrong and that the outcome is producing a dog with serious abnormalities. It’s our civic duty to help save these innocent animals.

 

 

5 Comments on Negative Affects of Breeding

  1. hpp5047
    September 18, 2015 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

    I really enjoy reading your blogs because Its important to know about all the issues that are going around you. However, maybe you can write a post that focuses on actual animal rescues and happy stories; just to keep it fresh because it breaks my heart to read about this. If you have positive stories on here it will ensure that your audience feels different emotions than just sadness. Also, Its great that you add personal stories because it keeps things intimate and personal.

  2. hpp5047
    September 18, 2015 at 9:42 am (5 years ago)

    I really enjoy reading your blogs because Its important to know about all the issues that are going around you. However, maybe you can write a post that focuses on actual animal rescues and happy stories; just to keep it fresh because it breaks my heart to read about this. If you have positive stories on here it will ensure that your audience feels different emotions than just sadness. Also, Its great that you add personal stories because it keeps things intimate and personal.

  3. slq5019
    September 18, 2015 at 9:30 am (5 years ago)

    This was a heartbreaking post to read about, but it was definitely one that was important to write about because-as you said- so many people unknowingly buy from puppy mills, while hundreds of loving, kind dogs are stuck in pounds. As an ardent dog lover, this topic is one that definitely pulls on my heartstrings, and I appreciate the time and thought you put into the post, including giving stats.

  4. nbm5100
    September 18, 2015 at 9:26 am (5 years ago)

    Not many people know the dangers of breeding, so I think it’s good that you wrote about it. Making people aware of the negative aspects of breeding, along with providing a personal story, emotionally appeals to readers.

  5. Cecilia Knaub
    September 18, 2015 at 9:22 am (5 years ago)

    This is obviously a sensitive topic and one that hurts to think about. By telling the story about your family, you personalized the issue, and that made it even more compelling. Same as your previous post, you draw on pathos to grab the reader. The statistics you use ground the argument though and prove the validity of your concern over the issue. Again, the pictures are vital to get the full impact.

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